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Every May, UCF hosts the Summer Faculty Development Conference for 3½ days in the week following final exams. Full-time faculty members submit proposals to transform courses or programs according to goals and objectives related to a conference theme. Two to three hundred faculty join colleagues from across the university to attend keynote and concurrent sessions, engage in hands-on workshops, and devote allocated time to their specific projects.

Selected faculty members who attend all sessions and submit the required deliverables receive an $800 grant subject to normal withholding tax. The call for proposals usually goes out toward the end of January.

2020 Summer Faculty Development Conference

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2020 UCF Summer Faculty Development Conference that will be held May 4–7, 2020. The theme for this year’s conference is “Attaining High Impact Within and Beyond the Classroom.” Our keynote speaker this year will be George D. Kuh, founding director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and founding director of the National Survey of Student Engagement. Applicants are encouraged to review “High-Impact Educational Practices” at Several of these practices involve integrations outside of the course or curriculum, like community-based learning, internships, or field research, but others can be incorporated within courses, for example, intensive writing or research activities, collaborative projects, or portfolios.

Please note that the conference is the week following final exams and graduation. This conference will provide faculty members with opportunities to learn about UCF initiatives and to work on transforming specific courses and teaching practices to improve student learning and success. Programming will also target faculty professional development. Following full participation and completion of deliverables, faculty members will receive an $800 grant. See the links below regarding tracks with separate sub-themes, registration processes, and grant requirements.

The conference is held every year in Classroom Building One on the Orlando Campus during the week between the spring and summer semesters between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. All Proposals are due by Monday, March 2, 2020. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 13, 2020. Please submit your proposal for one of the tracks to the contact listed below.

Faculty Center

Design/Redesign Program or Course for High Impact
Contact: Eric Main at
Submit a proposal to this track:


What’s Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation
Contact: Brooks Pingston at

Faculty Excellence

Emphasizing Impact in UCF Dossier Creation
Contact:, Faculty Fellow, or, Academic Support Coordinator.

Diversity and Inclusion

Navigating Difficult Conversations on Campus
Specific goals are to utilize narratives to authentically implement ideas and to create safe  spaces where the UCF community may openly and honestly participate in difficult dialogues; ultimately benefitting the students and the UCF community.
Contact: Kavita Sawh ( or Barbara Thompson (

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